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Two years ago we heard about the Open Sailing project, which was a wonderfully utopian approach to dealing with many issues that we and many other people see as relevant in the world and its oceans, rivers, lakes and other waterways today. This project has slimmed itself and has concentrated a lot of energy into a project Protei which is aiming to develop autonomous sailing systems (like the Austrian RoBoat) for oil spillage cleanup.

Image of Protei version with Articulated Hull

Protei version with Articulated Hull - you can't do this at human size!

They currently have a Kickstarter project active to raise funding for the Open Hardware development of Protei. We reckon that this is pretty cool stuff, I hope we can help get them some support.